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Sesks may propose himself as a presidential candidate

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUChairperson of Liepaja Council Uldis Sesks does not exclude the possibility of becoming a presidential candidate from the Union of Greens and Farmers.

«My name is often mentioned during government formation and similar processes. I have become used to it. Now is too soon to consider such a possibility – we are looking for multiple candidates,» – said Sesks in his interview to Rietumu Radio. When reminded of that there is a possibility, Sesks replied by saying: «I can neither confirm nor deny it».

According to Sesks, Liepaja is a very important city in Latvia: many politicians and ministers have come from Liepaja. With that, «it would be honourable for Liepaja to propose its own candidates».

«We have recently carried out a survey in our party. Multiple names have surfaced,» – said Sesks. He did not mention any names, however. «It is a serious matter, and not everyone wants their name to be mentioned in the media too soon. It could bring about early and unjustified criticism».

As it is known, Andris Berzins has decided not to participate in the upcoming presidential elections.

A handful of potential candidates are known at the moment: rector of the University of Latvia Marcis Auzins, MEP Sandra Kalniete, diplomat Maris Riekstins and the only officially announced candidate Martins Bondars from the Latvian Regional Alliance.

Parties that form the ruling coalition in Latvia promise to find a candidate that would suit all sides. The coalition has come with an announcement that judge Egils Levits, who had been previously mentioned as one of the potential candidates, will most likely be refused.

The presidential elections in Latvia could take place at the end of May or beginning of June.

The deadline for the submission of an official candidate proposal to the Saeima Praesidium is 45 days prior to the end of term of the ruling President.

The election of the State President in Latvia is carried out in a closed manner. If none of the proposed candidates receive the required number of votes, the second stage of elections is to take place no later than ten days after elections. The candidate needs support of 51 deputies in order to be elected.

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